Renovation of St James Church, Delhi’s oldest church, is left unfinished due to funds shortage. Last year, the Delhi chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) renovated the foundation of the church which was built in 1836. However, rest of the renovation work was left unfinished for want of funds.
The total cost of the renovation of the church was estimated at Rs 3.5 crore. The project was to be completed in two phases and last year part of the Phase I was completed using church’s reserve fund and also with the help of some contribution from other members. Though the total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 3.5 crore, the church could raise only Rs 50 lakhs.
The Church Conservation Committee is now in touch with the Delhi Development Authority for financial assistance. Also, the Committee has approached Delhi Metro for an assistance of Rs 70 lakh.
St. James’ (also known as Skinner’s Church) is an Anglican church in Delhi, built in 1836 by Colonel James Skinner. It is situated near Kashmiri Gate, at the intersection of Church Road and Lothian Road. The basic design of Renaissance Revival style church is on a cruciform plan (Greek Cross), with three porticoed porches, elaborate stained glass windows and a central octagonal dome, similar to that of the Florence Cathedral in Italy.